Posts by susannah

It’s the never right amount of fear

We’ve been thinking a lot about safety and public spaces this week, for obvious reasons. It’s the single most important...

questions, questions, questions

questions, questions, questions

Friends of Rowntree Park in York want to make their spaces work for teenage girls. They’ve already begun work on...

Jammy Dodgers

This is not a sentence that I’d anticipated writing as a middle aged woman, but over the last ten days,...

What’s that coming over the hill, is it some data?

Data matters: and people collect data about things that matter. To them. And that’s the point: the absence of data...

The five times-table and why we treat children like shrimp…

A few weeks ago, we had a great meeting with Michael Follett at OPAL (The OPAL Primary Programme – Outdoor...

The territories of skate parks

We’re really pleased to share this guest post by Jacquelyn Collins, who works as an Activation Advisor for Auckland Council...

Field work (in the car park)

Field work (in the car park)

Lockdown has been an good time to watch how girls have been using public space. A month or so ago...

The word ‘girl’

Sometimes it seems that even the idea of girls and young women is missing from parks and planning. They are...

< ctrl-f > or how to read a planning document

My, how many planning documents there are on earth. Guidance, strategies, plans, proposals, frameworks. They are dense, technical and generally...

Spatial equality is a healthy idea

Girls’ health and activity levels are a major concern, but how can we expect them to be active when there...